Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 - 3 Brighton and Hove Albion

Match info: Championship at Molineux Stadium

Date: 10/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson Att: 21,203

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Wolves

Bakary Sako 22
Tongo Doumbia 61
Roger Johnson 90+2

3
vs
3

Brighton

Craig Mackail-Smith 43
Will Buckley 72
Stephen Dobbie 89 (pen)

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: November 10 2012, 19:36 GMT

Wolves manager Stale Solbakken hit out at referee Scott Mathieson after seeing his 10-man side battle their way to 3-3 npower Championship draw against Brighton at Molineux.

Stale Solbakken: Angry at officials
Stale Solbakken: Angry at officials

Solbakken was unhappy with the decision to award Brighton an 89th-minute penalty after Mathieson ruled that Stephen Ward had handled from Andrea Orlandi.

Wolves had to play for the entire second period a man down after captain Karl Henry had been dismissed for a lunge on Liam Bridcutt in first-half stoppage time, with

a last-gasp equaliser from Roger Johnson rescuing them.

Solbakken, who had punched a hole in the top of the dug-out when Brighton grabbed their first equaliser, said: "The ref made a big mistake.

"When it is one minute left you should be 100 per cent sure that it is a penalty and it was far from a penalty.

"I think if we had lost 3-2 after the guts the guys showed in the second half it would have been hard to pick them up.

"I think the referee got the red card spot on, but when you see the replay for the penalty it is so far from a penalty.

"He (Berra) had his arm inside his body and the referee does not even see it because he is standing and looking at five Brighton players with their arms up.

"I don't like that because he is taking a chance.

"I have made mistakes in my life and he has done so I can live with that. But I think that he must think twice.

"I told him to look at the replay. If it is in the middle of the park you can take it on a feeling and blow, but you can can't blow there (in the penalty area)."

Solbakken was disappointed with Henry for being sent off, and said: "Karl made a big mistake there. He knows that. He knows it was a bad challenge.

"We shot ourselves in the foot twice at the end of the first half with the red card and the goal we conceded, and going in at 1-1 with 10 men gave us a mountain to climb.

"But we showed in the second half that we are very well organised.

"Some errors cost us in the end but the important thing is that we stayed united, and it was good for the fans to see the team come back and show character."

Wolves had taken a 22nd-minute lead through Bakary Sako before Craig Mackail-Smith drew Brighton level on the stroke of half-time.

Substitute Tongo Doumbia fired Wolves back into the lead in the 61st minute before Will Buckley grabbed a second equaliser for Brighton 11 minutes later.

Stephen Dobbie then looked to have earned Brighton victory from the spot before Johnson popped up to head home a last-minute leveller.

Brighton have now won just once in nine games and manager Gus Poyet was unhappy with his side's defending.

He said: "I hate these situations because we are better than that. It is not good enough.

"The good thing, if you can see a good thing, is that it is only us to blame. We cannot blame anyone else.

"So we have to take it on the chin, go back and try to be normal next week.

"We have been very good at defending until last Friday (a 2-2 draw against Leeds United), we always conceded a maximum of one goal per game.

"Then in that crazy game against Leeds we conceded two and against Wolves we have conceded three for the first time and we gave it to Wolves.

"I give credit to the first goal, was it was a good one-two and a good finish.

"But the other two is not us and that is basic. They are things you need to do every day whether you are training or playing.

"We do it well but we didn't do it against Wolves.

"The other side of the game, that is us. We created 10 or 15 chances against a team with 10 men, that is normal. If we didn't do that then I would probably be resigning!

"But you need to do the basics and we didn't do it, and that made me feel really bad today."


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